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Merck Family Fund

Category: Environment

The Fund has two goals: to remember and honor the founder, George W. Merck, the president of Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical company, and to commit to high ethical standards. The Fund focuses its grantmaking on two priorities: protecting the natural environment and strengthening the urban community. Protecting the natural environment grants support the vital ecosystems in the eastern United States especially southern Appalachian spruce-fir and hardwood forests of Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. These grants also address the Northern Forest of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine as well as the southeastern coastal forests and wetlands of South Carolina. Under the protecting the natural environment category, the Fund welcomes proposals that address sustainable economics as it relates to buildings and design, the production and use of paper, government policies that promote green tax programs and challenge taxpayer subsidies that harm the environment, and those around corporate extended producer responsibility. With the Strengthening the Urban Community grants, the Fund supports work by communities with few resources who are confronting significant social, economic, and environmental challenges. Grants are focused on creating green and open spaces and supporting youth as agents of social change. Grants in this category are limited to grassroots programs in New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; and Boston, Massachusetts. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Hard copy format is preferred over fax or e-mail. The deadline is for invited proposals. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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